Edward Devotion House

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Edward Devotion House
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Edward Devotion House is located in Massachusetts
Edward Devotion House
Location 347 Harvard St., Brookline, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°20′39″N 71°7′29″W / 42.34417°N 71.12472°W / 42.34417; -71.12472Coordinates: 42°20′39″N 71°7′29″W / 42.34417°N 71.12472°W / 42.34417; -71.12472
Built 1745
Architectural style Colonial
NRHP reference #


Added to NRHP February 14, 1978

The Edward Devotion House is a historic house at 347 Harvard Street in Brookline, Massachusetts. Built about 1745, it is one of the town's few surviving 18th-century structures, and is of those the best preserved. The house is owned by the town and administered by the Brookline Historical Society as a historic house museum. The home also serves as the headquarters of the Brookline Historical Society.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Edward Devotion House is located on the north side of Harvard Street, a major north-south roadway dating back to early colonial days. It is set west of Coolidge Corner, one of Brookline's major commercial centers, and is nearly surrounded by the Edward Devotion School, a public elementary school. The house is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, three bays wide, with a gambrel roof that is extended at the rear by a leanto section, which extends beyond the left facade in a "Beverly jog". It has a brick central chimney, and entrances in the left bay of the main facade and in the jog. The main facade entrance is flanked by pilasters and topped by an entablature and triangular pediment.[3]

The house was built about 1745 by Solomon Hill on land he had purchased from Edward Devotion, Jr., that had been in his family since at least 1645.[3] The house appears to have been built around, or contain elements of, an older structure dating to about 1680.[4] The Devotion family was long prominent in Brookline civic affairs, petitioning for the town's separation from Boston. Edward Devotion, Jr. bequested funds to the town for the construction of a school, which the town did not act on until 1891, when the town purchased the house and built the first schoolhouse nearby.[3][4]

The house has been maintained by the Brookline Historical Society since the Society's founding in 1901, and now displays objects of Brookline history and the Devotion family.[4]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Brookline Historical Society, Brookline, Massachusetts
  3. ^ a b c "NRHP nomination for Edward Devotion House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-09-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "Edward Devotion House". Brookline Historical Society. Retrieved 2015-09-01. 

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